Filmed over three years in Homs, Syria, the film accompanies two outstanding young men from the time they are dreaming of freedom and defending pacifism, to the time when choices are forced to be different.
Basset, the 19 years old national football team goalkeeper, turning into an iconic demonstration leader and singer, then, becoming a fighter and Ossama, a 24 years old renowned citizen-cameraman who is critical, pacifist, and ironic, as his views change till he is detained by the regime's security forces.
It is the story of a city, which the world heard of a lot, but never really got close to. RETURN TO HOMS is a modern times epic of youth in war, and of forced choices..
- Special Mention, International Competition & Human Rights Award - ZagrebDox
- Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award - Full Frame Documentary FF
- Grand Prize, Student Jury Prize - FIFDH Geneva - Paris
- Grand Jury Award - Sundance FF
- Golden Gate Award Special Jury Mention - San Francisco IFF
- Silver Horn (Documentary Competition) - Kraków FF
- Special Jury Mention - Abu Dhabi FF
- Special Mention (Best International Documentary) - RIFF
- Talal Derki
- Talal Derki
- Kahtan Hassoun
- Ossama al Homsi
- Orwa Nyrabia
- Anne Fabini
- Katarina Holmberg
- PROACTION FILM
- VENTANA FILM GMBH
- JOURNEYMAN PICTURES
...a sober, sobering bulletin of unambiguous intention and undeniable power.
With its climactic freeze frame, Derki captures the men's uneasy combination of desperation and triumph in a single image: With nowhere left to go, they still push ahead.
Born in Damascus in 1977, Talal Derki is a Syrian filmmaker who studied filmmaking in Athens and graduated in 2003. He has lived in Berlin since 2013. Both Talal’s feature films RETURN TO HOMS (2013) and OF FATHERS AND SONS (2017) won the Ground Jury Award at Sundance FF in 2014 and 2018 respectively. In 2019, Talal was nominated for an award in the Best Documentary (Feature) category for OF FATHERS AND SONS (2017) and won the German academy awards Lola 2019